Summer Course Italian Design Culture & Contexts

Italian Design Culture & Contexts

The Summer Course in Italian Design Culture & Contexts embraces all different scales of Italian Design, from product to interior and architecture, with the aim to highlight and identify the key factors that determine the quality of a design solution.


Language English

Location On Campus

Fee 2.150€


A summer course made up of 60 hours with a mix of theoretical lessons, field trips and practical workshops.

Alongside class lectures and creative activities, the course includes archival, studio and showroom visits as well as an architectural tour of the city, to experience the immersive quality of Italian Design heritage as well as its most up-to-date design examples. At the end of this course, participants will be asked to produce a reflective learning and research journal in relation to the history and culture of Italian Design.


The summer course is addressed to:

  • students in their last years of an undergraduate programme
  • postgraduate students
  • recent graduates

A general background in the areas of Product Design, Interior Design, Architecture, and Urban Landscape Design is required.


Participants will be able to:

  • gain in-depth knowledge on the heritage and values of Italian Design
  • translate their personal experience of the course into written, photographic or visual form
  • synthesise diverse information and visualise their understandings and observations through a reflective learning journal

At the end of the course participants will get a DOMUS ACADEMY CERTIFICATE and 4 ECTS* credits.

* ECTS credits will be indicated in the final transcript upon successful completion of a course, but will be transferred at the option of each student’s home university

Programme Leader


After earning Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture and Building Science at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Aoi Hasegawa launched her career as a set designer at Fuji Television Network in Tokyo, where she designed sets for Japanese and international musical acts. In 2005, Aoi moved to Milan and earned a second master’s degree at Domus Academy.

Since 2006, she has worked with Domus Academy, first as a project assistant and tutor and now as programme leader of the Master in Product Design and Master in Interior & Living Design course. She also collaborates professionally with various companies and studios in the fields of product, interior, and strategy design.

Project Leader


Andrea Foffa is a design historian and researcher, specialising in the history of Italian Design and its narratives since the Post War, with a focus on exhibition design as a research practice and heritage. After his Bachelor’s in Architectural Design from Politecnico di Milano, Andrea earned a Master’s degree in History of Design from the Royal College of Art and the Victoria and Albert Museum, and is completing his PhD at Kingston University, London.

In addition to scholarly research and teaching in the fields of architecture and design history at various institutions in the UK and Italy, Andrea has worked professionally in heritage and archival projects and international exhibition-making for cultural institutions including la Triennale di Milano, the Design Museum in London and the design atelier Fornasetti.

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